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Greater Chicago Jewish Festival

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Greater Chicago Jewish Festival

Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

The Greater Chicago Jewish Festival
brings together every facet of our hometown Jewish community: young and old, singles and families, people across the spectrum of religious practice and political point of view.

Spertus was glad to once again be a part!

Families and friends flocked to the Spertus tent for two sessions of Klezmer Dance with presenter Steven Lee Weintraub. These workshops featured live music provided by members of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band!

Session 1 — 12:30 pm
Awesome and Easy Yiddish Stunts and Dances
Guests learned how to do the famous bottle dance, the human roulette wheel, and more. These dances continue to be a fun and fabulous part of Yiddish heritage.

Session 2 — 1:30 pm
Go Figure
Like square or contra dances, these use fun, easy dance patterns (called figures) that had dancers swinging their partners round and round.

Steven Lee Weintraub is the principal dance leader for Chicago's acclaimed Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. He received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others, and is in demand as a teacher of traditional Yiddish dance. Weintraub served as assistant director of New York City’s Israeli Folk Dance Festival, was a principal dancer and choreographer with the Israeli folkdance ensemble Parparim, and has taught at festivals in Krakow, Fürth, Weimar, Paris, and London.

Visit for complete festival info.

Held every other year, the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival features music on four stages, plus dance, art, storytelling, and, yes, even food. This year's headliners were Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies, Blue Fringe, and Soul Aviv. Also performed: Rabbi Joe Black, Kol Sasson, Listen Up!, Shakshuka, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, and more.

Interested in more?  

Read an interview with Steven Lee Weintraub!